Ganesha Digital Library


Stephen writes: "from the homepage, some Digital library software under GNU GPL licence: 'Manage, publish and share your knowledge with Ganesha Digital Library (GDL), the first web-based digital library software in Indonesia. GDL version 3.1 is one of the easiest way for institutions, internet cafe, and personal to join to the Indonesian Digital Library Network (IndonesiaDLN). GDL enables institutions or personals to share their knowledge as well as simultaneously access and utilize knowledge in Indonesian "giant memory" in the form of network of IndonesiaDLN digital libraries.' Anyone tried it out?"

newdocms: Beyond the Hierarchical File System


Stephen writes: "While none of these ideas will be new to library people, this system seems interesting, from slashdot": "Manuel Arriaga writes "After two years of hard work (and many scrapped versions), I have just released a (ugly, but working!) preview version of newdocms, a completely new document management system. newdocms isn't a file browser: it is a layer between the hierarchical file system (HFS) and the user, which provides a radically new way to store and retrieve documents. No longer will you browse complex directory trees or directly interact with the HFS; instead, you define any number of document attributes when saving a document and then query a database of those attributes when trying to retrieve it later on. For the first time you have a true alternative to the hierarchical file system at the OS level. Through the modification of the KDE shared libraries, newdocms currently works with all KDE apps![...]


MIT Libraries and HP have released version 1.0 of DSpace (source available from sourceforge). DSpace is a digital repository in production use since September at MIT Libraries as a service for capturing, persisting, and providing access to the intellectual (research) output of the MIT community. DSpace will also be the long-term archive for materials from OpenCourseWare. Now it's available as an institutional repository platform to the rest of the world. See also coverage from the Boston Globe and CNET.



from the Eprints site: "This version adds support for subject editors (who many only approve and edit items which match a certain subject or type), support for the XML::GDOME module (which makes it faster). There is also a number of small configuration options people have asked for, and bugfixes."


From the official release: "Cheshire has support for storage of pre-parsed SGML/XML and also for virtual databases (a single database name can search and retrieve from multiple physical databases on the server). New documentation on the new commands and features in the docs directory." Very interesting! To download (or for more info) see the Cheshire site.


from the eprints site: "EPrints 2 is strictly internationalised with all metadata being stored as unicode and every phrase used to interact with users collected into an XML "phrase file" which may be translated. To save duplicated effort, later versions will bundle configurations for languages other than English."

Greenstone 2.35

Gordon writes: "Version 2.35 of Greenstone adds many plugin enhancements, including bzip2 support, improved PDF and Word document handling, an updated ImagePlug (Unix only) and optional XML files for adding extra metadata. A Russian translation of the user interface has been added. Documents are now stored as XML. Greenstone now works on MacOS X (or any POSIX system), and the new CORBA interface gives other programs access Greenstone collections."



as seen at NTK: check out GZigZag, now at version 0.5.1 (released 2001/01, so, ok, we're a bit slow). From the site: "Ted Nelson's ZigZag(tm) is a new way of putting information into computers, kind of a crossing between a database, a filesystem, a personal information manager and many others. And even that isn't sufficient to describe it: it's simply something new... GZigZag is an open-source free software project implementing ZigZag architecture." We've heard noises about this off and on for years but this is a working implementation. Play with this release, work through the users' guide, create some new dimensions... it runs as advertised and while it's still more a cool toy than a functional worldview, there are real applications for it under development now. Wow.



from freshmeat: "New manuals, many bugfixes, changes to administrator page (including the ability to check logs), autodetection of document encodings and langauges, improved handling of Cyrillic and similar languages, classifiers have new argument format, improvements to MSWordPlug and PDFPlug (available in Windows too), and revamping of Search histories. Addition of CORBA, Kea can add Keyword metadata to any document, and numerous MGPP updates. Phind works with thesauri, has new appearance parameters, can be tailored to specific languages, and works when applied several times to one collection." Wow. Find it at the Greenstone site.



Gordon writes: "Greenstone 2.30 introduces new import plugins (for source code, postscript, Refer and BibTex), updates many existing ones and tidies up the third-party GPLed packages. The admin page has new functionality, and the configuration options have been extended to enhance logging now off by default) and error notification. Development continues on windows (stability) and phrase browsing (integration). Many bugs were fixed - but many remain."

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